THURSDAY, JUNE 27:
Baseball: Brookings Bullets @ Aberdeen, DH, 5:00pm
BOMBERS TOURNEY…The Brookings Bombers teams will host a tournament this weekend. The pairings:
Majors Division (Bob Shelden Field)
Black Pool Maroon Pool
Sioux Falls Red Sox Sioux Falls Cyclones
Sioux Falls Central Brandon
Friday, June 28 (Bob Shelden Field)
9:00am Sioux Falls Red Sox v Brookings
11:15am Sioux Falls Cyclones v Watertown
1:30pm Brookings v Mitchell
3:45pm Watertown v Renner
6:00pm Mitchell v Sioux Falls Central
8:15pm Renner v Brandon
Saturday, June 29 (Bob Shelden Field)
9:00am Sioux Falls Cyclones v Renner
11:15am Sioux Falls Red Sox v Mitchell
1:30pm Sioux Falls Cyclones v Brandon
3:45pm Sioux Falls Red Sox v Sioux Falls Central
6:00pm Watertown v Brandon
8:15pm Brookings v Sioux Falls Central
Sunday, June 30
Bob Shelden Field Hoff Field (Volga)
9:00am 2 seed black pool v 1 seed maroon pool 4 seed black pool v 3 seed maroon pool
11:15am 2 seed maroon pool v 1 seed black pool 4 seed maroon pool v 3 seed black pool
1:30pm 3rd Place Game 7th Place Game
3:45pm Championship Game 5th Place Game
Minors Division (Mickelson Field)
Friday, June 28
9:00am Renner v Brandon
11:15am Watertown v Sioux Falls Swat
1:30pm Brookings v Sioux Falls Black
3:45pm Brandon v Watertown
6:00pm Sioux Falls Black v Sioux Falls Swat
Saturday, June 29
9:00am Watertown v Sioux Falls Black
11:15am Brookings v Watertown
1:30pm Brandon v Sioux Falls Swat
3:45pm Renner v Sioux Falls Black
6:00pm Renner v Brookings
Sunday, June 30
9:00am Brandon v Sioux Falls Black
11:15am Brookings v Brandon
1:30pm Renner v Watertown
3:45pm Renner v Sioux Falls Swat
6:00pm Brookings v Sioux Falls Swat
BOMBERS BLACK…The Brookings Bombers Black and Watertown Black Sox 14 split a VFW baseball doubleheader on Monday at Mickelson Field. Watertown took the opener, 11-6; and Brookings posted a 9-5 victory in game two.
BANDITS…Corey Roach struck out nine over eight innings as Brookings defeated Renner 7-2 Tuesday night in American Legion baseball.
Roach allowed two earned runs on three hits and two walks in the victory. Alec Brink had two of Renner’s hits.
Mack Burns, Carter Roach and Konner Beste each had two hits for the Bandits. Trevor Puetz and Roach each drove in two runs -– Puetz had a double. The Bandits had 12 hits in the game.
Brookings hosts Pierre in a 4:00pm doubleheader Wednesday.
BANDITS-PIERRE…Pierre Post 8 makes the return trip to Brookings Wednesday for an American Legion baseball doubleheader – play starts at 4:00pm at Bob Shelden Field.
Bandits coach Rob Hirrschoff says Pierre was an optimistic team at the start of the season, but their pitching staff’s been decimated by injuries. 97626 :27 “pretty competitive game”.
Pierre played in last weekend’s Wayne Hauschild Memorial tournament.
VOLGA-AURORA LEGION…Volga Post 114 defeated Aurora 18-8 Tuesday night in American Legion baseball action. After surrendering a couple of runs in the bottom of the third, Post 114 exploded for seven runs to open the game up. Volga had six hits and was aided by two errors and four walks in the inning. Volga added a run in the fifth after Austin Chase hit a triple and scored on a throwing error at third base. Post 114 pushed across five more in the sixth and two more in the eighth to end the game via the ten run rule.
Jace Goodfellow paced the Volga offense with four hits including an RBI double and an RBI single in the first inning. Layne Lucas had a double and single. Austin Chase hit a triple in the fifth. Trevor Lundin threw six plus innings to earn the win on the mound. Layne Lucas got the last six outs of the game for Volga.
AMATEUR POLL…The Renner Monarchs have taken over the top spot in Class A in this week¹s South Dakota amateur baseball poll. The Monarchs switched spots with the Sioux Falls Brewers this week, moving up from No. 2 to No. 1.
Alexandria continues to lead the Class B division.
Here is the complete poll:
1. Renner Monarchs
2. Sioux Falls Brewers
3. Sioux Falls Saints
5. Vermillion Red Sox
6. Also receiving votes Redfield Dairy Queen and Pierre.
2. Crofton, Neb
3. Dell Rapids PBR
5. Parkston Mudcats
11. Also receiving votes Larchwood (Iowa), Britton and Garretson.
MILBRATH SIGNS…Augustana College sophomore pitcher Jordan Milbrath has signed with the Cleveland Indians and will forgo his junior and senior seasons at the Sioux Falls school.
The Indians drafted Milbrath in the 35th round of this year's Major League Baseball draft. He was the 1,041st player selected.
Milbrath is a right-hander from Springfield, Minn. He has been assigned to the Arizona Rookie League.
SHOWDOWN SERIES…South Dakota Corn Utilization officials say South Dakota State University has won the inaugural “South Dakota Showdown Series” – the yearlong collegiate athletics and academic competition between SDSU and the University of South Dakota.
The series uses a point system in which each school can earn a maximum of 24 points per year based on head-to-head competition and Summit League championship finishes in 17 men’s and women’s sports. Academics play an essential role as well, and the university compiling the most points by the end of the school year receives the specially designed traveling trophy. South Dakota State bested the University of South Dakota 14-13 in the athletic/academic competition, with both schools excelling on the academic front, earning three points apiece toward the final points earned.
The Jackrabbits earned one showdown point for the following wins: soccer (W) Oct. 21; cross country (M) Oct. 27; basketball (W) Jan. 6; basketball (W) Jan. 30; basketball (M) Jan. 31; swim & dive (M) Feb. 20; swim & dive (W) Feb. 20; tennis (W) April 11 and golf (W) April 22.
Additionally, SDSU earned two points for winning the Nov. 17 football game and three points for academic success, totaling 14 overall points. USD earned 10 athletic points and three academic points to total 13 overall.
KRABBENHOFT…Former Sioux Falls Roosevelt, and University of Wisconsin, standout Joe Krabbenhoft is now part of South Dakota State’s men’s basketball coaching staff.
Krabbenhoft was hired after Austin Hansen accepted a job at Northern Colorado.
He says it’s no coincidence the Jacks have qualified for the NCAA tournament in consecutive years. 97627 :36 “the work ethic”.
Krabbenhoft says Division I success comes from recruiting, and his main job will be finding players. 97628 :21 “over the years”.
Krabbenhoft says his role as Wisconsin’s video coordinator restricted his activities – he’ll do more at SDSU. 97629 :27 “able to do”.
Not many SDSU assistant were big men in their playing days – Krabbenhoft will help in that area. 97630 :24 “enjoy the game”.
Krabbenhoft holds the Wisconsin record for games played in a career, plus earned several Big Ten conference honors.
BIG 12 COACHES…Tubby Smith has joined what was already an impressive roster of men's basketball coaches in the Big 12.
With Smith now coaching at Texas Tech, the Big 12 is the only league able to boast that all of its head coaches have taken teams to the NCAA tournament. Smith is the sixth Big 12 coach who has been to the Final Four, and joins Kansas' Bill Self as a national champion.
West Virginia coach Bob Huggins twice went to the NCAA Final Four before his Mountaineers joined the league last year. He says having so many quality coaches in the same league is "extremely impressive."
The Big 12 hosts the Final Four next year, at Cowboys Stadium in Arlington, Texas.
USD TRACK HIRE…South Dakota has announced the hiring of Tyler Custis as full-time throwing coach for USD’s track and field programs.
Custis, a native of Custer, coached throwers Meghan Dennis (women’s javelin) and Cody Snyder (men’s discus) to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships this season. He also coached Kyle McKelvey, who competed at the NCAA West Region Preliminary Round this year, and has helped three USD throwers win one or more Summit League titles over the past two years.
A 2007 graduate of Texas A&M, Custis was a three-time indoor and two-time outdoor All-Big 12 honoree and finished in the top-15 in the shot put at the NCAA outdoor championships twice. He was an Academic All-American as a senior and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in economics.
He graduated from USD with a Master’s degree in Business Administration in 2011 and a Juris Doctorate degree in 2013.
Custis graduated from Custer in 2003 and won the Class A state championship in the boys shot put and discus that season. He is one in a long line of stellar high school throwers to come out of Custer High School under the tutelage of Terry Long.